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Simply Scents
By Melissa Miller

Mary Proud and her daughter Maria Crussard began Simply Scents five months ago. They had grown tired of being constantly disappointed with body lotions and soaps so they created their own.

Proud and Crussard began to send them as extras with cosmetics they swapped on the beauty website Makeup Alley. Makeup Alley member Dinah Adler received one of their soaps as part of a swap and loved it so much that she contacted Proud and Crussard about making her an additional 10. Word got around about their fabulous products; they were soon swamped with orders and a business was born.

Simply Scents makes Body Lotion, Body Balms and Soaps in over 30 scents. The Body Lotions ($3.50 for 4oz, $5.25 for 8oz) have a silky smooth consistency and absorb instantly. They contain aloe vera, jojoba oil and shea and cocoa butters. I tried body lotions in Perfect Love, a sexy, not foody, vanilla, Lemon Poundcake, a sumptuous blend of lemon, vanilla and coconut, Dreamsicle, which smells just  like the tasty orange vanilla ice cream treat, and Angel Food, a heavenly blend of sugary vanilla and coconut.

My favorite product is the new rich and creamy Body Balm that contains shea butter, aloe vera, rose hip, sunflower and jojoba oils. A little goes a long way and the balm leaves your skin feeling like silk. I sampled this in Coconut and it left a delicious hint of the scent on my skin all morning.

The fragrant Soaps ($3 for 3oz bar, 2 bars for $5) lather wonderfully and contain moisturizing vitamin E. My favorite soap is Pink Grapefruit, which made my morning shower an absolute pleasure. Top selling scents are Vanilla Caramel, Crème Brulée, Angel Food and Dreamsicle.

Simply Scents is currently developing shower gels and body sprays that I cannot wait to try.

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